PG Diploma Counselling

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Kathryn Smith, Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling

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British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited, the Postgraduate Diploma is designed to equip successful students to practise professionally as counsellors.
The theoretical model for the course is the person-centred approach developed by Carl Rogers.

All trainees are required to secure a counselling placement; we have relationships with a number of counselling agencies in Norfolk/Suffolk and trainees are supported through the selection and application process to find a placement in which they can develop their qualities as a counsellor

The course is distinctive in exploring the implications of person-centred theory and practice for spiritual understanding and development. Students are invited to bring their own experiences or views on spirituality, whatever these may be, with a view to developing a greater openness to clients’ experiences and a deepening of their own humanity.

Overview

Applicants will be able to apply for entry in September 2017 from January 2017.

Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Postgraduate Diploma runs over a period of one year and is designed to equip successful students to practise professionally as counsellors. The theoretical model for the course is the person-centred approach developed by Carl Rogers. Students may opt to progress to the full research-based MA Counselling after the first year.

All trainees are required to secure a counselling placement; the course has relationships with a number of counselling agencies in Norfolk and Suffolk and trainees are supported through the selection and application process to find a placement in which they can develop their qualities as a counsellor. The course also assists students in the selection of an individual supervisor to support the placement, and course fees cover the cost of supervision for the placement year.

The course is distinctive in exploring the implications of person centred theory and practice for spiritual understanding and development. Students are invited to bring their own experiences or views on spirituality, whatever these may be, with a view to developing a greater openness to clients’ experiences and a deepening of their own humanity. Long standing links exist between the course and the Julian Shrine in Norwich, an internationally renowned centre of pilgrimage and scholarly activity.

The course also provides a unique opportunity to experience Focusing, a way of working with the inner ‘felt sense’ developed by Carl Rogers’ colleague Eugene Gendlin*. The course also offers the opportunity to consider the dialogue between classical and relational  person-centred practice (on which the training is consistently centred) and process experiential developments within the wider approach. Core staff have an interest in the concept of ‘integrating with integrity’ (Richard Worsley*).

  • See Campbell Purton (2007) The Focusing-Oriented Primer (PCCS books) and Richard Worsley in Pete Sanders (ed) (2013 or 2004) The Tribes of the Person-Centred Nation (PCCS books)

Centre for Counselling Studies

See the Centre for Counselling Studies website for more details including information about other counselling related courses and a staff list.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

PERSON-CENTRED COUNSELLING

The course is designed to offer training of sufficient duration and depth to equip the successful course member to practice professionally in the role of counsellor. The course programme ensures that full attention is paid to achieving a balance of work on: (i)the understanding of counselling theory. (ii)the acquisition of counselling attitudes and skills. (iii)using group and individual supervision. (iv)monitoring and furthering personal development. (v)practical counselling experience. (vi)spiritual dimensions of counselling.

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Any Subject

Entry Requirement

Applicants will normally be expected to be graduates (of any discipline), but those with other professional qualifications or who can demonstrate appropriate academic skills will be considered. More importantly, applicants will be expected to have undertaken previous counselling or counselling skills training.

Applicants from the UK should have undertaken or be in the process of undertaking a Certificate in Counselling Skills, ideally in the person-centre approach, and overseas applicants should be able to demonstrate significant experience in a helping role.

More details regarding entry requirements are in the course brochure, but the most important thing is to ensure that you have engaged in appropriate counselling skills training prior to making your application.

Applications are usually assessed in the Spring semester and strong applicants will be invited to interview.  Please note that this is a competitive course with a maximum of 16 places available.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall (6.5 in the reading and writing components; and 6.0 in the listening and speaking components)
  • PTE: 68 overall (minimum 62 in the reading and writing components; and 55 in the listening and speaking components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Interviews

Interviews are required for students applying for the PG Diploma in Counselling and usually take place between April and May.

Special Entry Requirements

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Check

PROTECTION OF CHILDREN: Disclosure of Criminal Background for Those with Access to Children
All applicants who have been offered a place to study the course will be required to obtain a fresh Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure.

An application pack will be sent from the University (this usually happens from April onwards). This should be completed and returned as soon as possible.

General information about this process can be obtained from the UK Governments' Disclosure and Barring Service website.

Fees and Funding

Fees for the academic year 2017/18 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,300

  • Overseas Students: £14,800

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

Applicants joining the PG Diploma in Counselling are not eligible for the Postgraduate loan, however applicants joining the full MA in Counselling are eligible for the loan if they meet all other criteria.

How to Apply

Applications for entry in September 2017 will open in January 2017.

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

Applicants are usually interviewed for this course before an offer is made, interviews usually take place in April.

You can apply online.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

    Next Steps

    We can’t wait to hear from you. Just pop any questions about this course into the form below and our enquiries team will answer as soon as they can.

    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515